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The NSRI is committed to excellence in corporate governance with a board that reflects the appropriate mix of knowledge, skills, experience, independence and an evolving representation across race and gender.

Our governance structure consists of Non-Executive Directors (independent and appointed), Executive Directors, a volunteer Company Secretary and Honorary Life Governors. Honorary Life Governors are individuals who have made an exceptional and outstanding contribution to the NSRI over a number of years.

We strive to achieve transparency, accountability, integrity and ethical leadership as well as provide practical guidance regarding the sustainable development of the NSRI and all its activities.

NSRI Governance Framework 2020

In this section

An overview of our organisation, its history and people.

Members of the Board

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Dave Macready


Dave started his career as a Chartered Accountant and partner in Deloitte, both in South Africa as well as London. For a period of 25 years Dave served as a group executive of three major financial services JSE listed companies covering banking, asset management and insurance. He took early retirement as CEO of Old Mutual South Africa in 2018. Dave currently is an independent non- executive director on Discovery Limited as well as Audit Committee Chair for the Discovery Group.

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Dr Cleeve Robertson (MBChB FEMSSA)


Cleeve is a specialist in emergency and maritime medicine, and was medical advisor to the NSRI from the mid-90s until his appointment as CEO in 2013.

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Dr Jill Fortuin


Jill Fortuin qualified as a surf lifeguard in 1993. In addition to her passion and commitment to Drowning Prevention through her involvement in lifesaving she also has a doctoral degree, been involved in academia and research related to health systems and digital health for the past twenty years.

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Mark Hughes


Mark has a long history with Sea Rescue, joining Station 19 (Richards Bay) as a crew member in 1978, where he served as station commander for a number of years. He has been recognised for his service to the community and specialised in automation and electronics during his career.

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Janine van Stolk


During her career, Janine has been involved in change strategy, marketing, advertising, communications and customer relationship management for a number of South African and overseas corporates.

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Brett Ayres


Brett joined the NSRI in 2000, serving as a volunteer through the ranks in Durban before joining head office in 2014. He has a background in operations management and training, with extensive marine experience as a surveyor, dive industry professional and commercial skipper. He holds a BSC(Hons) Degree in Geology and an MBA.

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Viola Manual


Viola is an accomplished senior executive in both strategy and implementation, has been instrumental in a number of youth- and women-empowerment initiatives, and is currently working towards completing her DBA Degree.


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Clifford joined the NSRI 29 years ago, and has served at Station 5 (Durban) as Crewman, Coxswain and Station Commander. Clifford is a registered Professional Engineer and a Director in his Consulting Engineering company.

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Randall Titus


Randall has a string of credits to his name in the legal field, including being a member of the High Court Committee, Commissioner for Small Claims, as well as chairing the disciplinary tribunal for the Western Province Rugby Football Union.

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Dave Robins


Dave has a wealth of experience in business science, and has served for many years as an active crewman at Station 3 (Table Bay).

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Chris Wilson


Chris is the Managing Director of Kilgetty Statutory Services and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of South Africa. He oversees the biannual board evaluation for Sea Rescue among his other contributions to the organisation

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Radha Govender


Radha has extensive experience and knowledge of the South African health sector, managed health care and clinical policy development. Her strength lies in her ability to galvanise clinical and management teams to meet set goals.

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James Beaumont


Born in Johannesburg and proudly schooled at King Edward VII in Houghton. James Beaumont studied at University of Cape Town (UCT) and articled at KPMG. He also has an MBA at UCT (Cum Laude) and was awarded the Old Mutual Scholar for academic achievement and was an overall gold medallist. He received National colours for rowing and Provincial colours for sailing (offshore keel boat racing). I am an active mountain and road cyclist. I am an active participant in Sport and GT and single seater motor racing where I race an historical Ford GT40 and a Reynard Formula 3 single seater (current regional class A champion). I own and race both offshore keelboats as well as inshore keel boats. He has spent a large part of his life at sea in both power and sail boats and has a commercial unlimited SAMSA (A) ticket for power and sail. He is deeply passionate about saving lives at sea and this has driven him to join the NSRI in the early 2000s and has been a class 1 coxswain for about 20 years. He was also involved in the founding of the Air rescue unit and was active in that unit for many years as a rescue swimmer and rescue officer.

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Jonathan Velloza


Johnny is a Mining Engineer, and he has a broad and varied experience in the mining industry. He has worked for several well-known companies, including De Beers, AngloGold Ashanti, BHP Billiton and Gem Diamonds. During his career Johnny has been exposed to many different environments having either lived or worked extensively across the African continent, Canada, Chile and Australia. Johnny has filled operational, executive and Board roles across multiple commodities such as Diamonds, Gold, Iron Ore, Copper and Cobalt. Johnny is now the CEO of a company focussed on providing key raw materials for the electric vehicle battery market. Over and above this Johnny is currently serving as a non-Executive director on the Boards of DRA Global and Zanaga Iron Ore Company.

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Grant Bairstow


Grant started surfing and lifesaving at the age of 9, developing a passion for the ocean which has translated into a maritime career spanning over 36 years. After serving as a senior sea going officer in the South African Navy, Grant transitioned to the Merchant Navy, where he sailed as Master for over 13 years. His experience includes tankers, container vessels, towing, anchor handling and salvage. His last command was as Master on the Singapore Navy's Submarine Search and Rescue vessel. Grant holds a Master of Commerce degree, professional qualifications from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and an executive course from GIBS business school. He currently holds the position of Vice President for HSSEQ as well as Aviation and Marine Technical for a multinational downstream oil company. Grant serves on the MANCO, a number of boards and as well as the IBIA Africa board. When not serving proudly as a coxswain with Station 16, he can be found sailing or riding his motorcycle.

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Pretty Molefe


Pretty Molefe (34) Holds a National Diploma in Maritime Studies and is a qualified Master Mariner. Pretty has been in the Maritime Industry for 15 years with operational experience as a seafarer, SAMSA Ship Surveyor and Deputy Principal Officer. She is currently appointed in a role of Head of Sea Watch and Response within the South African Maritime Safety Authority.

Board evaluation

Board effectiveness evaluations are conducted biannually, the scope of which includes an evaluation of the NSRI Board of Directors collectively and a peer-to-peer review of each individual Board member. A detailed report is compiled on the outcomes of the evaluations, with recommendations highlighted for consideration.

Guiding documents


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AWARDS  | Published: 19 October 2022


We all want our children to not be afraid of water and to learn to swim early, not only for their safety but also for their enjoyment. However, not everyone can afford swimming lessons. And access to safe, clean water to learn to swim in is a real challenge, especially in the underprivileged parts of South Africa.

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AWARDS  | Published: 3 August 2022

Rewarding bravery and raising awareness

We chatted to NSRI Awards Committee chairperson Carmen Long about the 55th annual ceremony, which highlighted some amazing feats of bravery.

NSRI Shelly Beach Awarded by SA Sailing
AWARDS  | Published: 27 July 2022

NSRI Shelly Beach Station 20 Honored by South African Sailing

Nigel Milne, organising committee member, and Ron Pet, race officer, for the Minuteman Vasco Da Gama Ocean Race 2022, presented NSRI Shelly Beach with the prestigious Rubicon Memorial Trophy for their assistance to yacht Adios during an emergency at this year’s race from Durban to East London.

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AWARDS  | Published: 23 July 2022

Celebrating Rescue Excellence at the 2022 NSRI Awards Evening

On Friday 22 July, the NSRI celebrated its 55th Annual Awards Evening at the Premier Resort - The Moorings in Knysna. We celebrated our dedicated volunteers and other individuals who risk their lives to save the lives of others on South African waters.

AWARDS  | Published: 28 September 2021

Two awards and two nominations for the NSRI

The NSRI walked away with two awards at the recent International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards. The winners have also been nominated for Peoples’ Choice Awards, so get voting!

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AWARDS  | Published: 14 September 2021

Waves of elation sweep across the NSRI after winning two Awards

Stories of dedication, selflessness, bravery and innovation dominated the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards ceremony today with the NSRI winning two international awards.